September issue no. 237
December 2014/January 2015 issue no. 248


On Sale: November 18, 2014
Subscribers should receive this issue by November 10.

On the Cover:
Double-hung windows

KITCHENS & BATHS 2014:
Read the issue online.




Articles
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MODERN MANTEL MADE WELL
by Sebastian Eggert
This cherry fireplace surround is assembled and installed with concealed fasteners

Photo Gallery: Fireplaces and Mantels
Video Extra: Master Carpenter: Building a Modern Mantel
Article: Great Tips for Building a Mantel

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DOUBLE-HUNG DECISION
by Scott Gibson
Knowing your priorities will help you find the best value in windows

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LAYING CONCRETE PAVERS
by Joseph Cracco
For a driveway, walk, or patio, get the base right, and the rest of the job is straightforward

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BUILD A RISK-FREE FINISHED BASEMENT
by Steve Baczek
Capturing this additional living space correctly and confidently requires a careful approach to the site and foundation

Article Extra: A Wood Floor That Can Survive Anywhere

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TOOL TEST: ULTRA-PORTABLE TABLE SAWS
by Patrick McCombe
Small enough to carry with one hand, but big enough for job-site work
Bosch GTS1031 Tablesaw
DeWalt 7490X Tablesaw

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MOUNTING DECK STAIRS
by Mike Guertin
Dedicated footings and the right hardware make a secure stringer attachment

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HAMMERED
by Aaron Fagan
From rocks to titanium, hammer design has a rich history
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Departments

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CONTRIBUTORS

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LETTERS

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HOW IT WORKS
Paint failure

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TIPS & TECHNIQUES
Removing a Truck Cap Alone
Job-Site Pencil Sharpener
Painting Reverse Board-and-Batten Siding
Hammer Fix
Lightweight Block Template
Automatic Charger Shutoff
Realigning Doors that Settle
Boring Clean Holes

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TOOLS & MATERIALS
Trim Solutions Preassembled PVC Trim
Milwaukee Tools Jobsite Backpack
DeWalt DCL 061 Worklight
Iron Dog Tool Gear Tool Belt
Camo Edge Pro Stand-Up Screw Gun
Pneuhook Tool Hook

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WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE?
Sump Pumps

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GREEN BUILDING INSIDER
The Basics of Bath Fans

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PROJECT GALLERY
Good Homes Come in Small Packages

Project Gallery: View or post your own projects here

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Q&A
How do I tell red oak from white oak?
Can a deck ledger span a basement window?
DA vs. FN finish nails

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ENERGY-SMART DETAILS
Ducting HRVs and ERVs

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BUILDING SKILLS
Laying Out Basic Stair Stringers

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DRAWING BOARD
Alternatives to Painted Drywall

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TAILGATE
Mark Clement, Carpenter

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FINISHING TOUCH
Wonder Wheel By the Water

Photo Gallery Extra: The Construction of a Water Wheel

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